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At its Surface event in New York today, Microsoft refreshed its Surface Laptop with updated specs, USB-C support, and AMD Ryzen 7. This is the first time a Surface device has been powered. by AMD. Additionally, while the Surface Laptop 2 was only available in 13.5 inches, the Surface Laptop 3 is available in 13.5 inches and 15 inches. The Surface Laptop 3 starts at $ 999 (same as the original Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Laptop). The 15-inch version starts at $ 1,199. Surface Laptop 3 is available for preorder today and ships October 22.
Panos Panay, head of engineering for all devices at Microsoft, said the Surface Laptop has the highest customer satisfaction of any laptop in its class. He shared that the trackpad is 20% larger, the hard drive is removable, and the laptop is now available in a machined aluminum finish.
The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes with 10th Generation Intel Core processors. Panay said it was twice as fast as the Surface Laptop 2 and three times as fast as the MacBook Air.
– Microsoft Surface (@surface) October 2, 2019
The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes with an AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor. Panay called it the fastest processor AMD has ever created, “bar none.” It’s also the fastest processor in its class, Panay said.
Microsoft replaced the Mini DisplayPort with USB-C. There is still a USB-A port for all your existing accessories. The addition of a USB-C port finally puts the Surface Laptop on par with the Surface Book 2 from two years ago and the Surface Go from last year. Surface fans have long asked for USB-C ports, and Microsoft has been very deliver slowly.
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